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Front end shakes bad when I brake

When you apply preasure to the brakes the whole front end shakes. I've replaced tie rod ends, lower ball joints, sway bar links, struts and strut ends, and the warped brake rotors. It doesn't shake as bad now but the problem hasn't been fixed. I'm at a loss, what should I do. I can't afford to take it to a shop and i've alredy spent so much time and money.

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You May Have A Bad Hub Bearing, Make sure The hub is Completely Free of Rust The rotors Must Have A Clean Surface To Assure No Runout.

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Sounds like air in the brake lines one side braking before the other side

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My dear if according to you,

You've replaced tie rod ends, lower ball joints, sway bar links, struts and strut ends, and the warped brake rotors and the issue is still at hand; then you ought to consider replacing the hubs.

Good luck.

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